On April 12, 2014, the stage was set for Kyrone “Shut It Down” Davis' second professional fight. All the preliminary preparations had been made well in advance. The promotional and media events leading up to the fight, including a television appearance on Channel 28 talk show, “In the Upper Room” with hosts, Shaana Roy and Michael Riley, had all been handled by Team S.I.D. The only thing left to do was for Davis to go in and “take care of business,” as he likes to say, in the boxing ring and to Shut It Down!
Walking into the ballroom at Bally's Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, one could feel the electricity in the air. Bally's has always offered a great venue for the sport of professional boxing and the fans who attend cards there always enjoy the intimate atmosphere (There truly isn't a bad seat in the house).
I arrived early for the jam packed sold out event. I got a chance to check out the action from the very beginning of the first round of the first bout. This was my first time ever attending a fight on The Boardwalk in Atlantic City and AC is definitely worthy of its legendary status as a premier host of world class professional boxing events and has served as center stage for launching top boxing prospects like Kyrone “Shut It Down” Davis onto the world stage.
When all was said and done, Kyrone Davis climbed into the ring and proved that his 56 second knockout in his pro debut was no fluke. He faced a very game opponent in Rafael Machado and proceeded to systematically dismantle him in less than four rounds, landing devastating combinations and power shots that were just too much for Machado.
Making a grand entrance into the ballroom greeted by roaring crowd of fans, S.I..D. remained focused on the task at hand, securing the victory and putting on an impressive show for the sold out audience. He succeeded in doing both things decisively. This young man has all of the gifts for greatness. He is talented, engaging, intelligent, dedicated and an absolute tiger in the ring, matching the print on the trunks that he wore in the fight.
After soundly defeating Machado, Davis is now set to tackle whomever his next opponent may be and has already resumed his rigorous training schedule. He is a young fighter on a mission, who knows full well that talent alone is not going to get it done in the long run. Team S.I.D. is a well-oiled machine that is committed to moving forward with a full head of steam and like a runaway locomotive, Kyrone “Shut It Down” Davis is prepared to flatten anything and anyone in his path on the way to achieving his goal of becoming World Champion.
A native of Newark, New Jersey, 19 year-old Kyrone Davis now resides in Wilmington, Delaware. Kyrone began boxing at the age of 8-years-old. He is a graduate of Christiana High School in Delaware. The eldest of four children, Davis is also a motivational speaker, certified life guard and a member of the Wilmington’s Fire Explorers Post 100.
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